Shelter in the Pines
by Solvei Lewann Sotnak
About the Book
Furuly is the Norwegian word for pine shelter. The book, Furuly Shelter in the Pines is about the three families that lived at Furuly from 1895 - 1943. Also included is the history of the Cedar Lake Norwegian Lutheran Church (Dorris) which Ole Dahle and his pioneer parishioners planned and built. The book describes Ole Dahle’s ministry to the early lumber camps and far flung pioneer settlements as well. Memoirs of the present generation are included at the end of the book.
Solvei Lewann spent the early years of her life at Furuly during the Great Depression. She continued to spend summer there, gathering information about the home place, the area, and the rural church served by her grandfather, Ole Dahle. Solvei Lewann has taught a wide variety of ages in public school as well as in Sunday School. She has also written nofiction educational materials for over thirty years. Now she and her husband, Otto, are retired and living in Aitkin, Minnesota, twelve miles from Furuly.